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Research: Sawmill Database

Alpha-Numeric Key: SH-83
Corporate Name: Hackney & Morgan
Local Name: Center
Owner Name: Hackney & Morgan. Barksdale Bros Lumber Company
Location: Center
County: Shelby
Years in Operation: 3 years
Start Year: 1904
End Year: 1906
Decades: 1900-1909
Period of Operation: 1904 to 1906
Town: Center
Company Town: 2
Peak Town Size: 859 in 1905; 4000 in 1928; 2510 in 1934
Mill Pond:
Type of Mill: Rough and finished lumber
Sawmill Pine Sawmill Hardwood Sawmill Cypress Sawmill
Planer Planer Only Shingle Paper
Plywood Cotton Grist Unknown
Power Source: Boiler and steam engine
Horse Mule Oxen Water
Water Overshot Water Turbine Diesel Unknown
Pit Steam Steam Circular Steam Band
Gas Electricity Other
Maximum Capacity: 50000: 190435000: 1906
Capacity Comments: 50,000 feet daily in 1904. 35,000 feet daily in 1906
Rough Lumber Planed Lumber Crossties Timbers
Lathe Ceiling Unknown Beading
Flooring Paper Plywood Particle Board
Treated Other
Equipment: Fisher & Davis #4 Sawmill and carriage, with an edger, a trimmer, a planer, a blower, and two 60-inch saws.
Company Tram:
Associated Railroads: In 1905, the Houston East & West Texas at Tenaha; later the Gulf Coast & Santa Fe at Center
Historicial Development: Although the Barksdale Brothers appeared in the January, 1905, published records of the Lumbermen's Credit Association, no mention was given their status as manufacturers. They were apparently producing lumber shortly thereafter, for a 1906 railroad report showed the Barksdale sawmill as having a 35,000 board feet per day capacity. Hackney & Morgan bought the Barksdale Brothers sawmill site on February 16, 1906 on a mortgage. The equipment included a boiler, an engine, Fisher & Davis #4 Sawmill and carriage, an edger, a trimmer, a planer, a blower, and two 60-inch saws. Barksdale Brothers owned a sawmill firm earlier in Panola County known as Barksdale Bros & Barnes. The Barksdale Brothers disappeared altogether, however, from the Lumbermen's Credit Association's published records of January 1907.
Research Date: LT 08-17-93; JKG 11-29-93, MCJ 02-29-96
Prepared By: L. Turner and J. Gerland, M Johnson